The last game of the regular season has creeped up slowly to the Javelinas, and having to pack up and travel to Wichita Falls this Saturday is going to be much easier said, than done.
The now No. 14 nationally ranked Midwestern State University Mustangs, will await the arrival of the Hoggies, following their 27-14 loss against the now eighth best team in the country, the Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions.
Last week, the Javelinas stayed in it until the bitter end, losing to the West Texas A&M University Buffaloes, 24-14, in a rain-drenched Homecoming game.
The Hogs will look to finish the season on a brighter note.
The Hoggies were burdened with injuries early in their previous bout, as starting quarterback Myles Carr, as well as his favorite target, wide receiver Anthony Autry, both went down in the early to injuries.
Ultimately , it was left up to No. 2 wide receiver Jordan Thomas and 2nd string quarterback Stevie Joe Dorman to pick up the load.
Dorman had some trouble trying to power the offensei n a 33-yard effort through the air that did little to help the Javelinas drive down the field.
The pigskin evidently soaring effortlessly between end zones in the first six games of the season for the Hoggies, has ceased production, only combining for 181 yards in their last two outings.
The status’ of Carr and Autry is unclear. Regardless of their health situations, the Hogs will have a chance to revamp the passing game facing a Mustang team allowing 210.3 yards a game of offense to opposing quarterbacks on the season.
On a brighter note, the Hoggies have cleaned up their act on the ground, and may look to continue their consecutive three-game streak of running 135+ yards by committee, this weekend.
Allowing just a shade under 170 yards a game between the tackles, the Midwestern State defense is still going to have to account for senior Shawn Vasquez and the remainder of the running attack on the Javelina roster.
The Javelina defense had itself a game last week, shutting down the Buffaloes pass attack to only 121 yards in the air, and only giving up two offensive touchdowns.
The Mustangs are not a strictly passing football team, and this much can be understood with them only averaging 7 more yards per game through the air, then they gain through the ground (216/209).
That being said, this balanced attack can be riddled by the Lone Star Conference’s best passing defense in the Javelinas, in yards allowed per game (169.4), and the second best in defensive passing efficiency (126.3).
However, the Hogs were once again pummeled on the turf for 257 rushing yards by the Buffaloes, and the Midwestern State Mustangs are the third best running offense in the LSC.
A tough test for the Javelina defense is almost inevitable. The final Game of the season will indeed be an away game in Wichita Falls set for 7 PM, on Saturday Night.
Whle the regualr season will come to end thisweekend, the Javeinas still have the Lone Star Conference playoffs to look forward to as the season comes to an end.